One Month to Live

4 01 2012

December 21, 2012 is the day the world ends according to the ancient Mayan calendar. Around Quest we’re not waiting. On December 31st, dozens of Questers committed to living the next 30 days as if they only had One Month to Live. Really, you ask? Isn’t that a bit morbid? Maybe, but the best way to live every moment to the fullest is to embrace the reality that life is short. In Psalm 39:4, David prayed, LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. David understood that only those who grasp the truth of their eminent death will be in a position to truly live.

What about you? When others look back on your life, will they say that you lived life to the fullest?  Will they be able to look at your life and agree that you took hold of Jesus’ words in John 10:10 when he said, I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. Will they say you faithfully lived your one and only “dash” (representing your life; the punctuation between your birth date and your death date on your tombstone)?  What will be revealed when you stand before Jesus and the books recording your life’s deeds are opened (see Revelation 20:12)?

The goal of Quest’s One Month to Live is not to depress you or freak you out.  Rather, it’s an opportunity to be confronted by the truth that life is short, while we still have time to do something about it. It’s an opportunity to reorder our lives around what matters most. And the best part is, we’ll get to do it together as a church community. Together we can begin to live out the dreams God has for us – dreams of greatness (see Ephesians 2:10).

So how do we start? I encourage every Quester to do two things: First, make every effort to be at each of our worship gatherings in January. Together we’ll learn to live a “no-regrets” life, revolutionize our most important relationships, embrace God’s mission for our lives, and begin to live every moment with eternity in mind. If you missed our New Year’s Eve service, you’ll want to listen online to get caught up. But just as importantly, I’m asking every Quester to participate in our One Month to Live Challenge. Here’s what the challenge entails:

  1. Every day do something that invests in your spiritual life.
  2. Every day do something that serves or benefits someone else.
  3. Pray this prayer every morning: God, I make myself available to you.  Use this day to change my heart so you can do the great things you have always dreamed of doing in my life.

I believe with all my heart that if we take this challenge seriously, if we begin to reorder our lives around what matters most, then these next four weeks can and will change the next four decades of our lives and the lives of those around us. Embrace the dreams that God has for your life. Begin living as if you only had, One Month to Live.



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